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GeoScience Videos
Resource Type: Assessments

This GeoScience Videos blog provides support for instructors using the series of GeosScience Videos found on YouTube. The blog contains one-page quizzes for each short video as well as other related information such as in-class questions and activities. If you visit the blog's Assessment...

Association of American State Geologists (AASG), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

How do geologists understand the Earth’s history? In part, they measure the age of rocks and other natural materials by dating techniques. They can date rocks by gauging the amount of decay of radioactive elements. The time necessary for half of any given amount of one element (the “parent...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Chabot Space & Science Center, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

"Thar's gold in them thar classrooms!" History meets Earth science in the fun, hands-on activity below. Students pan for gold and other minerals, experiencing what early settlers of the Western US went through. Some gold deposits, or lodes, are found in veins of fractured rock. After millions of...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students will be able to identify minerals according to physical properties by using color, luster, Moh’s hardness scale, the streak test and an identification sheet. The purpose of this investigation is to understand how geoscientists identify minerals by color, luster, and tests for streak and...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6
Women in Mining (WIM) Education Foundation, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This activity teaches the student to identify minerals by observing and testing the physical properties of each mineral. Have students compare their test results with the Mineral Identification Sheet.

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Caterpillar (Cat)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Caterpillar is pleased to offer 75 professionally developed lesson plans, appropriate for ages 11-13, 13-15, and 15-18, available in English and Spanish as downloadable PDFs. Each lesson plan provides learning objectives compatible with mining education curriculums around the world. Topics...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Minerals Education Coalition (MEC), Society for Mining, metallurgy, and Exploration (SME), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Density is an intrinsic physical property of minerals that relates to the composition of the mineral and to the pattern in which the mineral’s atoms are arranged. “Intrinsic” means that the property is the same for the mineral, no matter what the size or shape of the sample. In this activity,...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9
Minerals Education Coalition (MEC), Mining Matters
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Travel to the world of Mighty Miner (MM for short)! Through this 20 page activity book, MM will be your guide exploring types of mines, mining processes and structures, and the miners and geologists who bring important minerals to all of us. This coloring book is from Mining Matters (Canada)...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
It's About Time
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Investigating Earth Systems approaches Earth System Science through problem-solving, with community-based models that are hands-on and inquiry-driven. Students will investigate: where deposits of minerals can be found, how deposits form, how minerals are mined, what responsibilities you have in...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
2007, United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

This downloadable poster showcases different minerals we use every day.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
United States Geological Survey (USGS), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

This downloadable poster showcases different minerals you can find in your home.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

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Iron precipitation in Montana wetland
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United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

This website is designed to broadly educate students about acid rain, including: its definition; its cause; the various effects that is has on humans, the environment, and buildings and objects; what is being done to reduce its occurrence. In addition it offers students several ways that they...

Students stufying soil at an NRCS educational event in Missouri
Classroom Activities
United States Department of Energy (DOE)

The School Energy Survey is designed to give students the necessary background and framework to conduct an energy survey of their school building. The step-by-step approach guides students through the process of analyzing energy consuming appliances and systems. After gathering data, students...

Mojave Desert Fault Zones
Curriculum Materials
Annenberg Learner

What happens as boundaries diverge? Watch a continental rift, volcanoes and lakes form as two continental plates move apart.

Students observing a fault model
Curriculum Materials
Annenberg Learner

What are convergent boundaries? Examine how collisions of oceanic and continental plates can create volcanoes, island arcs, and earthquakes.

North American crustal plates and earthquake epicenters
Classroom Activities
Annenberg Learner

In this game, you will see a series of five images showing the positions of earth's continents during different geologic periods. You will have two minutes to arrange them in the correct order.

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